Neil Hokanson holds a bachelors degree in Education from the University of South Dakota (1993) and a masters degree in Education with a focus on Instructional Technology from the University of Wyoming (2006). Neil will begin his 21st year of working in public schools and taught in the public school system for 13 years at the middle and high school levels as a social studies teacher in South Dakota and Wyoming. He extensively integrated technology in his classrooms for several years and served as an instructor for many staff development courses and presentations in the districts he taught in. As a school technology specialist Neil has provided training, support, and assistance in helping educators integrate technology in all subject areas and grade levels. Neil served as the educational technology director for the North Platte Public Schools in Nebraska from 2007-2012. He moved back to the classroom in the Fall of 2012 and currently embeds Andorid tablets, a BYOD networking solution, and continues to create an extensive tutorial library at Hokanson’s American History in his classroom. He is the proud husband of Dianna, a veteran speech-language pathologist, and father of 5 beautiful children: Hannah, Charlie, Ronan, Nicholas, and Heather.
Just for fun let’s dig deeper on this “About” page! Neil was raised on a ranch in western Wyoming where he learned hard work and then more hard work! Purebred Hereford cattle and, for a time, Holstein dairy cows, filled his life with plenty to do. He trapped muskrats, worked part time at a cemetary, fished for cutthroat trout, and made a little cash on the side. His greatest childhood memories are fishing with his Grandpa. He can ride a horse, tell tall tales, and has his own registered brand (NH, registered in the state of Wyoming). His Dad is one of the last real cowboys, and his Mom is British. You could say Neil is half American and half British which means he is rude but very embarrassed about it! Oh yeah, he met his wife, Dianna, cleaning toilets in War Memorial Stadium while at the University of Wyoming (there is so much truth to that it is somewhat unbelievable!). 🙂
This site is a compilation of research documents, texts, and resources gathered along the journey to find ways to help people learn more effectively in an ever changing world. What is shared is not always new, neither will it always be the first place one may have come across it, but the information is presented as the author is introduced to the many forms of technology that exist and are created in this wonderful, fascinating universe! Citations and referring links will be honored to the best of the author’s ability. Please inform of any omissions so that they can be corrected immediately. Enjoy!